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Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Master At Work

More photos from my trip to PA

I just had to share these quilts with all of you.  I'm not sure I have words that even come close to describing this quilt (or many of the others made by the mystery woman-to be identified later :)

It is spread out on the bed to try to get some of the wrinkles out so you can see the designs better.

Impressive isn't it?  Now what would you say if I told you it is 100% needle turn applique?  Every one of those pieces cut out by hand?  Yep, I thought that is what you would think....I was thinking the same thing!  Do you think it will be machine or hand quilted?
And this is another one that just so happened to be finished of recent.  Yes, 100% needle turn applique and hand quilted.  Machine quilting would do no justice to  works of art like these.

Needle rocked hand....the entire quilt.

And here is the "Queen of Needle Turn Applique and Hand Quilting" my dear friend, MJ!!  If you are going to learn something, ya might just as well learn from the best ay?

Fortunate Smiles,


  1. Wow she is really good (and patient!)
    Beautiful quilts.

  2. pretty amazing. So how soon will you be turning out YOUR version of that quilt?

  3. Wow! Beautiful quilts and beautiful work. I wish I had MJ's patience and skill (and attention span).

  4. I'm thinking she is my HERO! I am working on my first applique pattern (Floribunda), and quite happily doing the whole thing by hand.. okay I don't have a sewing machine that works.. but still, this work is truly inspiring. I LOVE what I see. Each and every block is Ooooh La Laa!

  5. That quilt is totally amazing what talents people have and the masterpieces they produce.

  6. Beautiful, beautiful work. I aspire to make just one quilt like that in my lifetime!

  7. She does beautiful work and hand quilting.
    I actually do needle turn better than I machine applique, lol.


  8. Wow, I'm speechless... for once...

  9. What Lois G. said. . .

    I'm speechless!

  10. Truly beautiful and me handwork is so meaningful and powerful...this will still awe people years into the future as they contemplate the work and committment of the maker!

  11. What a beautiful picture of the expert and such a wonderful and patient teacher.

  12. Wow, beautiful quilts. I have wanted to learn needle turned applique, but I couldn't live long enough to be that good.

  13. Oh my - she is truly a master quilter - these are works of art!

  14. totally drop dead gorgeous! I'm in awe.

  15. absolutely gorgeous!! I want to do some applique, but I need to get my courage up. Soon!!!

  16. What a friend you are, everyone needs someone to build them up.


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